My Neighbor is Abusing his Child. But It’s Okay, Though. Here’s Why.

You can imagine my shock. About a month ago, a saw a post on social media from a friend in my neighborhood, Laura, claiming that the father in the house 3 houses down from me, Marcus, is brutally beating his 4 year old son in rage. At first, I didn’t believe it. Laura has always hated Marcus for no good reason and has been out to get him any way she can. But then, she claimed she had an audio recordings proving Marcus is beating his son. Suddenly, all sorts of people on social media started sharing her posts, and the story even made it on local news. It became a local frenzy, and I couldn’t go 5 minutes on Facebook without seeing something about it. I haven’t actually listened to the recordings. Because I don’t want to dignify the propaganda with my attention, especially if it is from such a biased source. And because I know Marcus – he’s a friend and I trust him. But eventually, Marcus responded to the accusations; and I was shocked again when he admitted the recordings were true! I couldn’t believe it! But then he explained further, and I began to feel a lot better: He said he isn’t beating his son out of rage – he’s beating his son out of love and care. Because, you see, Marcus is a physical therapist. He helps people heal and rehabilitate when they are injured. When he injures his son, he studies the way his body heals itself back together. He takes notes of the way the blood in his bruises clots. He tests...